Operating the Big Stuff
Karen Devine is an Operator controlling machines that un-load trains and loads the ships with iron ore for export to China.
She worked for many years at WA gold mines but finally decided that iron ore is ‘where it’s at’ and pursued her dream of operating really huge machinery. Karen is still being trained up and supervised in her current position at Fortescue.
Karen lives in temporary accommodation in Port Hedland where there is a housing crisis and is eagerly anticipating a move to one of the new houses that Fortescue are building for their employees.
SkillsOne visited tradies who work in the mining industry in the Pilbarra, in Western Australia, run by Fortescue Metals Group.